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In another life I was a public relations professional, practicing for more than 30 years. Now, living by a beautiful lake in MidCoast Maine, I wile away my time walking my dog, writing, picking up after my dog, teaching, walking my dog. Ahhh, living life the way it should be.
A Short Bio
Robert J. Ristino, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, has extensive knowledge of organizational behaviour, communication, culture, and change management. Retired from the faculty at Roger Williams University, Dr. Ristino served for more than 20 years as adjunct faculty in the graduate programs in the College of Professional and Continuing Education (COPACE) at Clark University. During a distinguished 30-year career in organizational communications he served in various public relations management positions serving such diverse organizations as General Electric and the UMassMemorial Health System. Until 2003, he also served as principal, Ristino/Peters Inc., a strategic communications counseling firm.
In his senior management roles Dr. Ristino was responsible for managing the strategic communications for numerous mergers, acquisitions, downsizings, corporate identity programs and new product launches. In addition to having taught at Clark, he has also served as adjunct faculty at Boston University, Simmons College, and Worcester State and Fitchburg State Universities. At Clark, he also taught organizational behavior and leadership to graduate students in Lodz and Warsaw, Poland. For the last few years he has taught as a visiting lecturer in the undergraduate business management program at the University of Lodz in Poland.
A Vietnam-era U.S. Army veteran, Dr. Ristino is also a former president of both the New England Society for Healthcare Communications and the American Society of Health Care Marketing and Public Relations of the American Hospital Association. He has lectured widely before professional groups and associations on a variety of organizational communication topics. A prolific writer, he is author of numerous academic and business articles, and four books: The Agile Manager’s Guide to Managing Change, Integrated Strategic Communication: Influencing and Changing Public Opinion and Behavior, and two pieces of fiction, The Illuminati Protocol and The Illuminati Circle. His most recent academic research conducted with his research partner Joanna Michalak, Ph.D., University of Lodz, focuses on organizational culture in European organizations and will be published in early 2018 in the peer reviewed Journal of East European Management Studies.
Dr. Ristino's main academic interests continue to be consulting, research, writing, lecturing and teaching about organizational communication, culture and change management. Meanwhile, he continues to explore the terra incognita of fiction as he pens his third novel, The Illuminati Triumvir.